This Centre explores teaching and learning as socially-situated and interactive processes. We are committed to working with our partners in the wider community to help tackle contemporary dilemmas in education policy and practice. We study education in diverse settings including schools, colleges, universities, museums, informal, outdoor or online communities, drawing on different disciplinary perspectives including education, ethnography, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and sociology and using different digital technologies.
We have particular strengths in:
- engaging with educational partners in schools, colleges and universities to inform professional practice through the co-production of knowledge and research
- developing innovative methodologies and interdisciplinary research designs that can address complex issues in educational practice
- exploring new teaching and learning approaches, including the use of digital technologies in education and their potential to shape formal and informal learning
- evaluating the impact of interventions designed to raise attainment and enhance outcomes from education
- finding new ways of bringing quantitative and qualitative approaches into closer dialogue to build a more robust evidence base for education
- strengthening values and ethics-based approaches to pedagogy and research
Equalities and social justice; subject specialist pedagogies; digital technologies in education; research-informed practice; co-production of knowledge; sociocultural theories and participatory methodologies; the interface between policy and practice; the social organisation of knowledge; interdisciplinary and mixed method approaches in research.